By Salvador Hernandez. One of the boys told authorities that Harris had solicited oral sex from him in a bathroom during a cheerleading event they both attended.He told NBC OUT in February that it was his "cheer family" who helped him while his mother, his primary guardian, battled lung cancer and who took him in after her death.Let our news meet your inbox. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings. Two twin boys have accused the Cheer star in a lawsuit of soliciting sex and nude pictures from them. “Cheer is my outlook on life, and I use that as my safe place to get away from all of my other problems … they just uplifted me, and made me feel better, and just made me feel like I had support and I wasn't alone.”“We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager,” the statement said.A civil lawsuit was filed on behalf of the twin boys, which also did not identify them, accusing Harris of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Cheer star Jerry Harris has been arrested on a federal child pornography charge.
I don’t think it’s a good idea we be friends on Snap," Harris said, according to the complaint.A friend, also 17, took photos of him for Minor 4 to send to Harris in exchange for money, the complaint said. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.a breakout star of Netflix’s docuseries “CheerThe other brother alleged that Harris asked him for photographs but he always said no, resulting in Harris getting "pushy" and making him feel guilty, the complaint said. Jerry Harris, the star of the Netflix documentary series Cheer, was arrested on Thursday on felony charges of production of child sexual abuse … Last updated on September 17, 2020, at 6:08 p.m. Jim Spellman / Getty Images file. Jerry Harris, the breakout star of Netflix’s cheerleading series “Cheer,” was arrested in Illinois Thursday morning on a federal child pornography charge. Court records were not immediately available for Harris.Harris said in his interview with investigators that he solicited and received similar nude photos from 10 to 15 other individuals he knew were minors, according to the criminal complaint.
He said he told Harris no repeatedly until Harris eventually offered him money, according to the complaint.Harris is expected to appear in federal court in Chicago on Thursday, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Fitzpatrick with Northern District of Illinois. A spokesperson for Harris denied the allegations when they were first reported on Monday. Salvador Hernandez BuzzFeed News Reporter.
"This was made possible because our clients’ mother had the courage to report Harris to the FBI as well as the Fort Worth Police Department and provided evidentiary proof of the manipulation, sexual harassment, abuse, and exploitation that her sons had suffered," the statement said.The 21-year-old allegedly solicited child pornography images and videos from two 14-year-old twin boys on multiple occasions, according to federal prosecutors.Harris allegedly paid the boy approximately between $2,000 and $3,000 until he ended the relationship in August, blocking Minor 4 from Snapchat and sending him a final payment of $500, the complaint said.“They helped me out through a lot growing up,” Harris said. The 21-year-old was taken into police custody in Naperville, Illinois on Thursday following an FBI investigation. It was unclear if Harris has legal representation. Jerry Harris From Netflix's "Cheer" Has Been Arrested On Child Pornography Charges. Multiple reports surfacedMondaythat Harris was under an FBI investigation for soliciting minors.
Minor 4 also said he spoke with Harris over Snapchat's video calling feature in which Harris instructed him to expose himself and he agreed, the complaint said.According to the complaint, Harris contacted one of the boys on Instagram in 2018, when he was 19 and the boys were 13-year-olds. Lawyers on behalf of the boys released a statement following Harris' arrest Thursday.The boys are minors who are considered victims of sexual assault and were not identified in the complaint.Get breaking news alerts and special reports. Jerry Harris, one of the stars of the popular Netflix series "Cheer," was arrested Thursday in Chicago on a federal child pornography charge.
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The FBI confirmed to NBC News that its officers had conducted a “court-authorized law enforcement activity” in the Naperville area on Monday.Jerry Harris attends the Build Series to discuss "Cheer" at Build Studio on Jan. 29, 2020 in New York City.Details related to that event were not included in the complaint to protect the identity of the 15-year-old boy, who met Harris at a cheerleading event.Harris was one of the many breakout stars of the Netflix original series “Cheer,” which followed a group of student cheerleaders at Navarro College in Texas while they prepared for competition.
Harris confirmed to investigators during a voluntary interview Monday that the phone number on the boys' phones was his, the complaint said.Doha Madani is a breaking news reporter for NBC News. ET Posted on September 17, 2020, at 1:40 p.m. One of the boys said he sent nude photographs to Harris through Snapchat and began communicating with him on FaceTime, where Harris asked him to further expose himself.It was unclear if Harris has legal representation. Jerry Harris attends the Build Series to discuss "Cheer" at Build Studio on Jan. 29, 2020 in New York City.